Wednesday, August 23, 2006


Memory lane and "Race the Train"

I was at my Mum and Dad's this morning and we started going through some old photos. I've got some of my old running days, and have put them up on Flickr, with a slideshow here.

A couple are from some of my first cross-country races while at junior school, and some are from an annual 5.5mile cross-country I used to do in Tywyn against a steam train, called "Race The Train". I only did it three times (click images for larger ones):

  1. 1987 was the first year. I finished in a time of 36:42 against the train's 44:55

  2. The following year I was in good shape and you see me in this photo battling for 3rd place (a battle I won). I finished in 35:02 for 5.5miles which extrapolates to a 10km time of just over 39 minutes. Given that it was a muddy cross-country course, that's not too shoddy for a 16 year old.

  3. 1989 was a nightmare for me. I trained hard and went to win, but the heat was once again my downfall and I finished in my worst ever time of 39:17

Thursday, August 17, 2006


Some of my Ovett stuff

I thought I'd put some scans up of some of my collection. Click each image for a larger version.

Here is a newspaper clipping from what I guess was some time in 1982:

This next photo is when Ovett was doing some commentary for LWT, dated "Saturday 8th March" but I don't know which year:

This final picture must have been from the twilight of his career, but I don't know when or where it was taken:

Wednesday, August 16, 2006


Seb Coe & Steve Ovett for dinner

I was wondering whether splashing out £165 for dinner would be a little extravagant, and eventually decided to try to book a place. It was then that I noticed that the dinner is on a weekday night - how ridiculous.

Oh well. Maybe they will video it.

Click the image for a full-size version of the advert if you're interested.

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